Beasts of No Nation: Spirit Award Screening of Best Feature Nominee
Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
IFP Chicago members: Join us for a FREE members only screening of Spirit Awards Best Feature nominee BEASTS OF NO NATION.
Members may bring one guest to the screening.
Screening Location: Tribeca Flashpoint College (28 N Clark St, Ste. 500, Chicago, IL 60602)
From director Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation, set in West Africa, tells the story of Agu (Abraham Attah), a young villager, whom we meet playing with his older brother, making mischief with his friends at a nearby refugee camp and enjoying dinner with his family. But the happy routines of childhood are shattered when army troops from the capital city arrive to squelch a rebellion against the country’s corrupt regime. His mother and sister escape to a nearby city, but Agu is left behind with his father and brother and shortly thereafter, he is suddenly on his own. Terrified and alone, Agu escapes to the forest where he’s discovered by a company of young rebels led by the charismatic Commandant (Idris Elba). There he undergoes a gauntlet of harsh treatment, initiation rituals and fiery speeches from the Commandant, but also finds a kindred spirit in Strika (Emmanuel “King Kong” Nii Adom), a mute fellow recruit. As the ragtag army sets off on a series of battles, Agu is eventually promoted from ammo carrier to rifle-toting soldier. Beasts of No Nation follows Agu's journey and the loss of innocence, as he attempts to find the remains of a childhood that seems so out of reach.